you get a fleetwood mac situation

baking, week 2…
on monday, sharkey and i made some bread the old-fashioned way – no bread machine in sight. i found an easy recipe online that required not too much time and not too much kneading, which was perfect. i actually ended up making the recipe twice – the first time i used all whole wheat flour, and although it tasted okay warm out of the oven, after an hour it was pretty much a brick. wah. so second time’s the charm!

basic bread
(makes 3 loaves)

in a large bowl, mix:
3 cups of warm water
2 packages of active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey

stir in 5 cups of white flour, then set aside somewhere warm for 30 minutes (or till big and bubbly).

mix in:
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt

then stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour.

flour a surface and knead the dough till it just pulls away from the surface. add 2-4 cups of white or whole wheat flour during this time, as needed. (i used white flour out of fear that it would be too dense otherwise.) divide the dough into 3 balls, putting each one in a greased bowl. also lightly grease the tops of the dough. cover and keep in a warm place till doubled.

preheat oven to 350. put in loaf pans, brushing the tops with 2 tablespoons of butter each. bake for 25-30 minutes, or till done. take out of pans and cool on a cooling rack. i like to slather a warm piece with butter, jam, or nutella. or all three. pants prefers a sugar-cinnamon combo. yum.
ps – do not, and i repeat, DO NOT leave your 3-year-old unattended with the flour while you run to the other room to answer your phone. just trust me on this.

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6 thoughts on “you get a fleetwood mac situation

  1. that's why i made this one – it was easy :)
    is your recipe for whole wheat bread? i am looking for one that is all whole wheat bread, but tastes good :)

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  2. yeah, mine is like 4 cups white and 2 cups WW.

    I have been making rolls with it. Great for sandwiches, sloppy joes, and just to eat with a salad. kids like the rolls better than the bread.

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  3. yeah, but I don't know. always worth a try. make two loaves and then some rolls so you don't ruin all your dough. just a thought.

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